We look back on a successful and eventful year. We were able to continue our growth course in 2022 and are strategically very well prepared for future challenges. Here you will find the highlights of our review of the year.
Wilo certified as Top Employer 2022
WILO SE was awarded Top Employer Germany 2022 certification by the independent Top Employers Institute. This meant Wilo was recognised for its excellent employee orientation for the eighth year in succession. The certification is proof of Wilo’s performance, especially in the areas of careers, digital HR and sustainability.
Wilo donates 60 water backpacks to Ukraine
The mobile water treatment system PAUL (Portable Aqua Unit for Lifesaving) can filter around 1,200 litres of water per day and hence supply up to 400 people with drinking water. In April, Wilo donated 60 of these backpacks to Ukraine in order to maintain basic supplies in severely crisis-hit areas. A number of additional donations took place during the rest of the year, with a total of 144 PAUL water backpacks being supplied to Ukraine in the course of 2022.
ImpactSite in Senegal successfully opened
The social enterprise Africa GreenTec opened the first holistic ImpactSite in Africa in May. The project, which gives people from N’diob in Senegal access to electricity and clean water, was supported by the Wilo-Foundation and the Wilo Group.
Wilo at IFAT 2022
Experts in water, wastewater, waste and raw materials management met at the world’s leading trade fair, IFAT, from 30 May to 3 June 2022. At its 390 square metre main booth, Wilo presented technological solutions for the challenges in the treatment and transportation of water and wastewater.
Wilo wins prestigious German Brand Award 2022
The Wilo Group won the German Brand Award for the seventh year in a row – and received awards in multiple categories in 2022. The German Brand Institute recognised Wilo for its digital application landscape “Wilo-World” and its 2021 Annual Report.
Oliver Hermes meets French ambassador
At a meeting in Berlin, the French Ambassador to Germany, H.E. Anne-Marie Descôtes, and Oliver Hermes agreed that the close partnership between France and Germany has proven to be intrinsically important for European cohesion in times of multiple crises.
Wilo intensifies German-Kazakh relations
Oliver Hermes met the new Ambassador of the Republic of Kazakhstan to the Federal Republic of Germany, H.E. Nurlan Onzhanov. Their bilateral discussion focused on topics such as security of supply, fragile supply chains, and the fundamental economic relationship between the two countries.
Wilo achieves platinum EcoVadis rating
The sustainability rating agency EcoVadis assesses 90,000 companies every year – with only one percent achieving the platinum rating. Having previously been rated silver (2019 and 2020) and gold (2021), Wilo was awarded the highest EcoVadis rating for the first time in 2022.
Wilo acquires two wastewater treatment specialists
The Wilo Group acquired FSM Frankenberger GmbH & Co. KG, Pohlheim, and WSM Walower Stahl- und Maschinenbau GmbH, Walow, in order to expand its solutions expertise in the area of wastewater treatment. The two companies specialise in technologies for the mechanical cleaning and treatment of wastewater.
International Wilo industry conference 2022
How can the industry respond to growing international tension, decoupling tendencies and the energy crisis? Eminent representatives from politics, business and science came together to discuss this question at the Wilo industry conference, which was held at the Wilopark on 9 September. The approximately 200 guests included Edna Schöne (member of the Board of Euler Hermes), Jean-Pascal Tricoire (President and CEO of Schneider Electric), S.E. Arif Havas Oegroseno (Ambassador of the Republic of Indonesia and spokesperson for all ASEAN embassies in Germany) and international executives of the Wilo Group.
H2POWERPLANT opened at the Wilopark
Hydrogen is one of the keys to achieving the Paris climate goals. With this in mind, Wilo developed the H2POWERPLANT at the Wilopark in cooperation with Schneider Electric. The grand opening of the plant took place during the international industry conference in September. The H2POWERPLANT generates hydrogen from solar power and stores it in a 29.8 metre tank, where it serves as the emergency and back-up power supply for the Wilopark. The designs also allow for the plant to be expanded to include a self-sufficient energy supply. Wilo and Schneider Electric are now planning the serial production of green hydrogen systems for the decentralised energy supply of industrial and private applications.
Green finance at Wilo
The Wilo Group successfully placed a traditional promissory note loan with a volume of EUR 224 million on the international capital market for the first time, as well as realising a US private placement with a volume of EUR 95 million. The promissory note loan includes an ESG component, ensuring that Wilo’s leading holistic sustainability approach is also reflected in its financing strategy.
Wilo declares SDG Action Days
Seven sustainability goals, seven events, seven locations: Wilo declared the SDG Action Days in September. On each event day, one company location held an online event to discuss the seven relevant sustainability goals for the Wilo Group with partners and colleagues. Wilo’s sustainability strategy is geared toward the international standards of the 17 United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
Wilo becomes Borussia Dortmund’s sustainability partner
Wilo has been a champion partner of Borussia Dortmund since 2011, and October saw the longestablished Dortmund-based companies extending this partnership to 2026. They also concluded a sustainability partnership starting from 2023. The objective of the new cooperation is to work together for the benefit of society and the environment.
Expansion in Lebanon
Wilo opened new offices in Beirut, Lebanon. Eminent guests joined Wilo to celebrate the opening of the complex with a footprint of around 800 square metres, which includes office space, a test bed for pumps, a digitalised showroom and a training centre
Wilo acquires two companies in China
Mating (Shanghai) Membrane Technology Co., Ltd. produces membrane bioreactors for wastewater treatment. The Wilo Group acquired all shares in the joint venture in November. Wilo also increased its stake in the German- Chinese joint venture Guhong (Shanghai) Environmental Engineering Equipment Co., Ltd. – a flood control specialist – to 75 percent.
Wilo’s smart factory recognised as Factory of the Year
Wilo’s smart factory at the company’s headquarters in Dortmund was awarded the accolade of “Factory of the Year 2022”. Wilo won the prestigious industrial award in the “Outstanding Transformation: Digitalisation” category. With this prize, the organisers A.T. Kearney and SV Veranstaltungen recognise targeted digitalisation solutions that have significantly increased the efficiency of new production within a very short space of time.